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Holy Family Roman Catholic Primary School

Through Work, Through Worship, Through Witness


Great Gates Road, Kirkholt, Rochdale, OL11 2DN

(01706) 640480


Welcome to the Reception Class Page


Miss N. Rushton / Miss H Akhtar – Class Teacher

Mrs J Bradley - Class TA

Mrs S Clarkson - Class TA

Mrs T Akhtar - 1:1 support


 Summer Term 2022

The Reception class assembly will take place on Friday 1st July.

Our class visit to Smithills Hall Farm is on Thursday 7th July. 

 In our final term together, the children will continue to develop their knowledge and understanding of the world through play. The staff will continue to observe, interact, support and challenge your children in the areas of provision. They will be encouraged to begin to make links in their learning and consolidate the skills they have learned this year. 


Family mornings

Thank you to our families for joining us each Thursday morning. It has been our pleasure to invite you in to class each week. The children have been enjoying showcasing their learning and having the chance to interact with you in their classroom environment. Please do use this opportunity to ask any questions you may have. Your contributions are very important to us so if there is anything you want to tell us about your child's learning and development, please do share with the staff. 



 Our focus for RE this term is 'Friends’. Through this scheme of work and our collective worship sessions the children will learn and understand that we can make friends, Jesus had good friends and what Jesus tells us about friendship.

 Some questions to ask your child at home;

 Who are your friends?

Why are they your friends?

Are you anyone's friend?


Spend time together at home and gather round a focus.  Have a quiet moment together to reflect on and appreciate how we all have friends and are a friend to others.

Think about our friends.

Appreciate what makes a good friend.

Consider how friendship can be spoilt and how we can make up.

Celebrate friendship.

Reading for Pleasure

 Reading for pleasure is enjoyed by our children and staff on a daily basis in Reception class. The children are  developing a real love for reading.

 We will continue to use and introduce high quality texts to develop our love of reading in Reception Class. The children have daily access to the books in our provision areas. We carefully plan our books according to the children’s interests and use them to fire children’s imagination and curiosity. If you have any favourites or have recently enjoyed a book at home, please do let us know - we love story recommendations!

Reading at home

 Please continue to read with your child at home each evening. This supports their phonetic knowledge as well as developing their love of books. Thank you for keeping the communication open by signing the reading diary, this helps us further support your child at school. The bookmarks are really useful and give some good ideas for questioning when reading with your child.

 Please do make use of the Blanks questions when reading at home - they will support your child's understanding of the story and develop their comprehension skills.

Phonics Support

Thank you for your support in completing the phonics activities sent home. The staff are very impressed with the children's progress in learning to read words and simple sentences.

This term we are continuing to develop reading fluency and accuracy. We are reading 'green words' and 'red words' (common exception words)

 Parents, click here to watch a short video to help with blending the sounds together to read words (Fred talking)

Here you will find fun learning ideas for 5 year old children to support their reading development. There are rhyming games, phonic games, memory games, listening games and much more. 

The following site has many free phonics games;


Star Writer

Wow, what wonderful writing we have seen recently in Reception class! Choosing our Star Writer each Friday is a very difficult decision.

We are encouraging the children to write independently using their phonics knowledge. You can encourage your child to write at home. Be sure to keep it interesting and purposeful. 

-Can you help me write a shopping list?

-Shall we make a birthday card for a family member?

-Let's make an invitation to a party.

-Can you write your favourite story?

-Why don't we write a silly sentence?

We love to see and share the writing from home so please do bring it in to show us - they could be chosen for our Star Writer Award!



Our Maths curriculum embeds mathematical thinking and talk. The open ended provision in class will help the children to practise what they have learned during whole class sessions as well as becoming independent in creating their own challenges through many play opportunities during the school day.


To support and direct our teaching and learning, we follow the NCETM Mastering Number programme.



 This term we will be consolidating and practicing key concepts learned throughout the year whilst;

  • continuing to to practise subitising (knowing an amount to 5 without counting)
  • using subitising skills to enable them to identify patterns
  • continuing to develop verbal counting to 20 and beyond, including counting from different starting numbers
  • continuing  to develop confidence and accuracy in both verbal and object counting.
  • exploring the composition of 10 (how 10 can be made up)
  • order sets of objects, linking this to their understanding of the ordinal number system.

Our children love to watch Numberblocks - we use the videos and visuals to support and develop our mathematical understanding.


Follow this link and enjoy the videos and activities at home with your child;



Parent notices

 Please send your child in to school each day with a waterproof coat and a pair of wellies (we love to get wet and muddy and play outside in all weather conditions)

 Please practice self-help skills at home such as putting own coat on and fastening independently

 Ensure all clothing is name labelled

 Water bottles to be brought to school each day and refilled at home

Children to come to school every Wednesday dressed in their PE kit (white t-shirt, navy/black shorts or jogging bottoms with school jumper on)

 Book bags to be brought in once a week on your child’s reading day